Michael Douglas Slams Prison System

Michael Douglas has slammed the prison system following his Emmy Award speech.

At the Emmy Awards last night, Michael Douglas won the award for Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Behind the Candelabra, and then gave a speech which ended on a strange note. He concluded his acceptance speech by giving a shout out to his son Cameron, who he hopes the prison will allow him to see soon.

Michael Douglas is bitter about the prison system, and after the comment about his son at the Emmy Awards, he met the press backstage, where he explained the comment further:

“My son is in federal prison. He’s been a drug addict for a large part of his life. Part of the punishments – if you happen to have a slip, and this is for a prisoner who is non-violent, as about a half-million of our drug-addicted prisoners are – he’s spent almost two years in solitary confinement. Right now I’ve been told that I can’t see him for two years. It’s been over a year now. And I’m questioning the system.”

Michael Douglas slammed the prison system because his son Cameron Douglas was sent to prison for drug abuse with a five year sentence. After requesting drugs while locked up, his sentence was doubled, and his father is not pleased about the visitation process.

Emmy Award winner Michael Douglas added that initially he was disappointed in his son over the drug addiction, but his disappointment has been aimed back at the prison system. After what Attorney General Eric Holder has been doing, Michael Douglas claims that the prison system has improved somewhat, particularly involving nonviolent drug addicts. He ended his explanation by claiming that five percent of the US population is in the prison system, and the country contains a quarter of the prisoners out of the entire world.

It’s really no surprise that Micheal Douglas slammed the prison system, as last April, he lost an appeal to have his son’s sentence reduced.

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